Fayette school enrollment still lags pace of previous years, down 726

There was a hope that a significant number of students would enroll in Fayette County schools by the time this year’s third enrollment count was taken on Sept. 15. Some did enroll, but not nearly enough to take a bite out of the continuing fall in total enrollment that has been occurring since 2008. The Sept. 15 count showed 20,442 students compared to 21,168 for the same date in 2010, a difference of 726 fewer students in one year. In the end, enrollment is tied to funding, with every 250 students generating approximately $1 million in state funding. Read More»

McIntosh #1 in county as local high schools excel in Ga. SATs

Fayette County public schools are known for their quality education and high student test scores. Those high scores continued in 2011 with Fayette students scoring even higher in the SAT tests, besting their previous score by nine points, the state’s score by 95 points and the national average by 50 points.

The 2011 SAT scores also had all Fayette high schools scoring in the top 30 percent of all Georgia schools, with McIntosh tallying the 17th highest score out of 434 schools and with Starr’s Mill at 23rd, Whitewater at 66th, Fayette County at 71st and Sandy Creek at 132nd. Read More»

CEC Broadcast Video program receives PBS donation

The Central Educational Center’s Broadcast Video program is getting a boost thanks to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).

GPB has donated studio set pieces from its Atlanta production studios to CEC’s student videography program. The donations include set walls, windows, doors, and artistic stage pieces that have been used at GPB for various television productions for the past 20 years. Read More»

McIntosh game up in the air at this point

McIntosh game up in the air at this point

Two McIntosh Chiefs battle for the football in a crucial play Friday night at Jones County. McIntosh trailed Jones County 22-14 at the half, tied it at 22-22 in the third quarter, fell behind 28-22 at the start of the fourth quarter and then took a 29-28 lead with 12 seconds left. For all the scores, click here for Photo/Clay Teague.

Spirit of McIntosh Marching band members practice before Friday night performance

Spirit of McIntosh Marching band members practice before Friday night performance

The Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band practices on Thursday, Sept. 8, in preparation for the 2011 football and competition season. The band will be participating in three area competitions in October. This year’s show theme is “iPod Shuffle.” Photo/Michelle DuPuis.

Fayette schools kick out 255 illegal students since 2009

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden at a recent Board of Education meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Most popular schools for illegal out-of-county students: Fayette County and Sandy Creek high schools, Flat Rock Middle School, North Fayette and Burch elementary schools

The Fayette County School System has received criticism in recent years for not doing enough to catch and expel out-of-county students illegally attending classes here. What do the numbers say about that? Read More»

2nd week Fayette schools’ enrollment down 787 from last year

Chart of enrollment numbers from individual Fayette schools year to year. Source/Fayette County School System.

The second week of classes at Fayette County schools brought a further decline in enrollment numbers from the first week, according to figures provided by the central office.

Figures for the second week of school show a loss of 787 students over the same time a year ago. The current numbers appear to continue the trend of falling enrollment that began in 2007.

Information supplied by the school system showed that the overall student count for the second week of school this year totaled 20,429 students. Read More»

Breaking through for the new season

Breaking through for the new season

The McIntosh varsity football team break out of their banner last Friday in their scrimmage against the Shaw Raiders. They will open the season at home this Friday against Pike County. For more on the local football teams, see the 2011 Football Preview in the Wednesday print edition. Photo/Michael Boylan.

New books to read at Tyrone Elementary

New books to read at Tyrone Elementary

Students are back in school and eager to get their hands on a shipment of brand new books that arrived this past week at Tyrone Elementary. Clockwise from bottom left: Nour Raslan, Daisy Hooper, Hailee Henson, Madison Davis, Gabe Krzykwa, Lexi Lino, Jay Hooper, Myles Roberts, Maddy Roberts, Olivia Lohr, Laura Jawad, Seated is Mrs. Marshall (Library-Media Specialist). Photo/Christy Holmes.

Six Coweta schools fall short on federal requirement

New federal requirements are said to have impacted the findings that led to 22 of Coweta County’s 28 schools achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2011. The six schools not reaching that bar centered on issues relating to scores on CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Test) math tests, graduation tests and graduation rates. Read More»

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